Jolie visits refugees in Ecuador

In this photo released by the office of Ecuador's Presidency on Friday June 18, 2010, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa talks with actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie in Shushufindi, Ecuador, Friday, June 18, 2010. Angelina Jolie is visiting this area in Ecuador where many refugees that have fled from the conflict in Colombia now live. (AP Photo/Ecuador's Presidency)
June 18, 2010 7:32:19 PM PDT
Angelina Jolie has braved a journey on rutted jungle roads to a village on Ecuador's border with Colombia to highlight the abuses suffered by women and children refugees.

The actress and U.N. human rights goodwill ambassador returned for the first time in eight years to a turbulent region where thousands of Colombian refugees live.

She ended her two-day visit Friday wotj a meeting in Shushufindi with President Rafael Correa and other senior government officials.

On Thursday, Jolie was in the isolated border hamlet of Barranca Bermeja. The U.N. says one of the women she met had lost two children in Colombia's conflict.

More than 50,000 Colombian refugees are registered in Ecuador though unofficial estimates put the number at more than 170,000.


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